Early evidence promising for COVID-19 during pregnancy

A newly released study into the outcomes for pregnant women infected with COVID-19 and their newborn children is cause for cautious optimism.

The analysis of literature on SARS, MERS and COVID-19 pregnancy outcomes, conducted by Prof David Schwartz from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Atlanta, has shown both similarities and differences between the new disease and it’s predecessors.

Like the previous two coronaviruses, COVID-19 does not seem to transmit vertically from mother to fetus, with all neonatal specimens testing negative for SARS-CoV-2. Unlike SARS and MERS however, COVID-19 has not yet led to maternal death in any of the women studied.

Analysis of COVID-19 was conducted using literature describing 38 pregnant women with COVID-19 in China, meaning further research will be required to confirm these findings. The author also notes “There are currently updated recommendations available on the obstetrical management of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnant women,” which outline precautionary measures to safeguard against so-far undetected consequences.

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Source: Medical Xpress

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